Sporting Lagos yesterday, crowned their fairy-tale run in the Naija Super Eight tournament with the ultimate prize after beating Remo Stars 4-2 via a penalty shoot out.
The regular time had ended in a 1-1 draw and the teams went straight to the penalty shoot out, where the Lagos boys, newly promoted to the Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL), proved better marksmen from the spot.
Sporting Lagos took the lead in the 54th and looked as if they were heading to their first title in their second year in Nigerian football, but Remo Stars equalised through Adams Olamilekan with less than five minutes to time.
Before the equalizer, Remo Stars had what looked like a clean goal by Olamilekan inexplicably chalked off by the referee, promptly a near riotous situation, which was eventually brought under control by the organisers.
With no further goals after the eight minute added time, the teams went for the penalty lottery to decide the winner of the competition. Sporting Lagos scored four of their kicks, while Remo Stars could only net two to hand the trophy to the Lagos boys, who, apart from the trophy, also won the N25 million prize money.